Have you heard about Parker’s Teen Court program?
Teen Court provides area youth with an opportunity to get involved and learn hands on about the court system.
Where: Parker Town Hall
When: Wednesday, Jan 30
Who: Interested 12-17 years old and their parents are encouraged to attend
Applications: Form available online
Additional Information: Call Sandra Gutierrez 303.805.3171 or email@example.com
Teen court was started in an effort to involve Parker youth in the judicial process while offering appropriate sentencing for juvenile offenders. This community-based program was designed to hold first-time juvenile misdemeanor offenders accountable while also providing a positive and educational experience through peer mentoring and has since evolved into so much more.
Currently the program is accepting teenagers who are interested in volunteering to serve as jurors, bailiffs and attorneys. Volunteer positions are available to youth 12-17 years old, participants must be at least 14 to serve as attorney. Teens can use the time volunteered toward mandatory community service hours for graduation or honor societies.
Teen Court sessions will be held on Wednesday or Thursday evenings throughout the year. The time commitment can be as little as one evening per month with a training session held once a year. Volunteers will have the opportunity for additional training sessions throughout the year to help improve their performance.
The cases heard in Teen Court are real, to include: assault, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, littering, petty theft, shoplifting and possession of alcohol, drug paraphernalia.
Teen Court volunteers also participate in fun activities outside of the court, including movie nights, banquets, hiking trips and reaching out to the community through community service.
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